Guinea-Bissau is located on the west coast of Africa, covering an area of 36,000 sq. kms. The indented coast line is backed by forested coastal plains which in turn give way to savannah and highlands. Guinea-Bissau encompasses the Bissagos Archipelago which is many heavily forested islands reaching into the Atlantic Ocean.

The climate is tropical with the wet season from June to October. Humidity is high and the temperatures vary little from 24°C (Jan) to 28°C (July).

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Exploring the Bissagos Archipelago of Guinea-Bissau can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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